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Local Seasonal Kitchen
Local Seasonal Kitchen

Local Seasonal Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.localsk.com
  • Phone: (201) 962-9400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Santoro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We can offer two smaller semi-private dining areas in the restaurant. The restaurant can also be purchased for an entirely private affair.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Greenberg (201) 962-9400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Central
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the lot in front of the restaurant and the commuter lot behind the restaurant
A word from Local Seasonal Kitchen
Located less than a half a mile away from Steven’s grandfather’s farm estate where his culinary journey began over 25 years ago, Local - Seasonal Kitchen offers an intimate New York style dining experience showcasing Chef Santoro’s award winning contemporary American cuisine and creative use of seasonal, farm fresh ingredients, local markets and long time trusted purveyors.

We will take great pride in serving sustainably grown and harvested produce, meats and wild seafood at Local. We aspire to leave our planet better for future generations and because food simply tastes better when its ingredients are cared for by hand in a responsible way.

Our menu changes daily (sometimes at the very last moment) depending on availability of ingredients so please note that menu items are subject to change.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "location, location, location…I don't think this restaurant's location in the middle of a strip mall next to a liquor store is a good start. But beyond that the decor of the restaurant itself was alright. The food was good, not great. There was too much going on in every dish, whatever happened to simplicity of the ingredients themselves? Starters were often more appealing than the entrees, and there was nothing at all remarkable about desserts. Have been twice, and will most likely go back again only due to the lack of good restaurants in northern Bergen county. Service however was very attentive!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We had an amazing time! I am so thankful that Local opened here in Ramsey because I haven't found another restaurant in the area that is as high quality across the board. The staff is amazing - friendless, helpful, attentive, knowledgable - and the food is delicious... From starters to dessert to beverages and sides, you can tell that everything is fresh. And then there's the beautiful, relaxing atmosphere (even the bathroom!). This is my favorite restaurant by far! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This was our second visit and it was even better than our first. We were treated like VIP's. Food was incredible."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I try to veer away from my favorite dishes, but I always pick whatever version of tuna sashimi and scallops they are serving. Service is excellent, the waitress is always able to answer questions and make recommendations."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The service was extremely poor. For a restaurant with a price point as high as this one in a strip mall, the service didn't come close to what we were expecting."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We've been going to Local Seasonal Kitchen since they opened. This last time we ate there we were disappointed with the food. After not having dined there in a couple of months, the menu was exactly the same. For a restaurant that claims to be seasonal, it wasn't."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "For the price we paid and the quality of food we received my wife and I were somewhat disappointed. We expected better quality given there are cheaper restaurants in the area that we feel exceed this restaurant. Service was friendly and attentive, however we felt rushed through our dinning experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "What a great place to have in the area. Food is amazing. Cleaned our plates!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "So, two of us at a table of three were about 10 minutes late on a Thursday night. Food was great, as I expected, but I felt we were being rushed out the door. Our check arrived before our dessert did. We were 3 friends connecting with each other in between many interruptions, "can I take this away, can I take that away..." Stripping the table was methodical, so I felt like someone was watching my coffee cup every time I set it down to see if they could take it. Bottom line: it is a great restaurant, the food is outstanding if a bit on the pompous side, (but I suppose if "Local" reflects the area culture, that might fit the bill). I'm a local, btw. Get there early if you are part of a first sitting, and expect to be packed up early."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We took a friend here for her birthday, and the choices she made turned out to be very disappointing. Her kale salad was not dressed properly, her fish was unseasoned, and the sauce that accompanied it was cold. The waitress came back with warm sauce, but the entire meal was unpleasant."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A Tuesday evening visit for my wife's "mid-sixties" birthday dinner will be remembered as the first of many times we will enjoy a meal at Local. Flavors galore and all things cooked to perfection. Treat yourself and "go Local." The owners must be complimented on their training of a most competent wait staff who all showed a perfect blend of professionalism and personality that is all too rare in northern New Jersey. In summary, nothing but positives!! My only negative comment has nothing to do with this specific restaurant... I just wish my New Jersey neighbors understood that there are some places where you just don't wear jeans and sweatshirts. C'mon "Joisey"... Put a little effort into how you dress."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This was truly the best food we had in months. Reservations were spaced far enough apart they weren't rushing us out of there and every single course was perfection. We have decided we have to go back now to just try more of the food because one dining is not enough."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Fabulous food from beginning to end. Every dish (even the bread) a winner! We will be back! Must be popular as totally full on a Monday night!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Awesome place! Food was outstanding! Strongly recommend the eggplant appetizer, the shisito peppers, and the caramel bacon popcorn"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Food was incredible but it took our waitstaff about 45minutes to take our order. Other than that it was great!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "the food is excellent but quite pricie, good for a special occasion , the chocolate ice cream was out of this world excellent!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "For me the ultimate dining experience is good friends, in a unique place withe food that is delicious from the first bite to the last! I love tasting the unique blends in the dish and savor each spoonful. This was the place and the experience I had at Local! First rate from the bread to the dessert. FABULOUS!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "It was our first time at Local Seasonal Kitchen and a special occasion. The food, service and atmosphere was the best."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I was so impressed with the menu, service and ambience. Hard to believe that tour in a shopping center storefront. I will be back often."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Wonderful menu! Great food, excellent service. We loved it!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "As soo as you open the door to this store- front restaurant, you're transported to a very pretty and upscale environment...food, service, and general amenities were very professional....had a delightful time....will be back..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service and the food were outstanding everything came hot and cooked perfectly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The only complaint I have is that the tables were too close to each other. Otherwise a perfect evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent staff, excellent food and excellent atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Six girlfriends booked a reservation at Local for our "March birthdays." Four of us had been there before and 2 were "newbies," but eager to try it . It did not disappoint. The menu is fabulous, and the specials even more so. The service is always friendly and helpful. We love Local and will be back for more!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had heard about Local for a long time, and had to push our Valentine's day dinner out a month to get a reservation here. Its a bring-your-own-wine place, which worked out fine, with no corkage fee. The appetizers were just so-so, I got the mushroom soup and my wife got pork belly as recommended. She thought the pork bellies were too fat, and could not eat much of them. Perhaps we should have known. I got the short ribs which were great, and my wife got the scallops, which were fine but not special. Overall a good but not great dining experience. Service and ambience was fine."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "What a great birthday dinner with my foodie family! We enjoyed the creative, beautifully presented food, and enjoyed trying new things: sun chokes, bourbon gelato, bacon caramel popcorn and a few dishes I don't remember how to spell...So many high points, I can't even go into them all! Great atmosphere, too. Warm, comfortable, woodsy...Loved it all!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Food, service and ambiance were superb. Had Pork belly appetizer and Rib Eye Main course- uniquely presented and both delicious. Waitstaff very knowledgeable, friendly and punctual. Great restaurant - highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We don't normally like to wait months for a reservation but in this case Local Seasonal Kitchen was recommended to us so we gave it a try. We are very happy we did. The food was excellent and the service was perfect. The only downfall is that if your table is not ready when you get to the restaurant there is no where to wait. The Hostess was wonderful tho with occupying us during our wait time by offering us some AMAZING Maple Bacon Popcorn and giving us a little background on the restaurant. We highly recommend dining at this establishment."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had the clams and mussels appetizer, short ribs and cauliflower steak for entrees and the milk chocolate, hazelnut, etc parfait for dessert. All delicious. We brought our own champagne so it was reasonably priced. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Friends loved the restaurant and recommended it as excellent. I found it a very pleasant place for dinner. My starter of Whitefish was disappointing. Fish was dry for a trout which is naturally oily, and sparse in amount. I had the scallop entrée. It was delicious as was the risotto. Somewhat overpriced. The likelihood is I will try Local again based on the fact that friends love the place."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "From the outside, the restaurant looks like every other strip mall restaurant. However, once inside it's a different story. Beautifully decorated, Seasonal Kitchen is a special occasion restaurant. The menu is like an upscale NYC restaurant with prices to match. The food is great but pricey. For a special occasion, it's a good pick."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food, great service! First time.Had great expectations and was absolutely satisfied. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I cannot recall the last time I visited a restaurant where everything even down to the bread service, was outstanding. I am looking forward to visiting again"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Best restaurant in the area. Just wish they were open for lunch and/or it was easier to get a reservation. Expensive but worth it. Love the BYO feature, too. Pork belly appetizer is out of this world!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Excellent food. Unique and creative items. Great braised short ribs. Excellent service that is attentive without rushing you. They seem to be doing it right. Good acoustics. You can talk without raising you voice."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This is a very outstanding neighborhood restaurant or family as well as special locations. It is a great ambience nice friendly staff and comfortable seating. The food is very creative as well as dessert menu is outstanding"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food and specials are just that very special. Each dish is a feast for the eyes and the palate. Layers of flavor tantalize and delight. Definitely try the specials! The duck dishes are to die for!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Fabulous Food Fabulous Atmosphere Make your reservations NOW"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "What a wonderful dinner! Service was spot on. Food was excellent, the best I've had since moving to NJ. Love that it's BYO. I will return here, many times."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food a cut above, locally sourced, very fresh and prepared with care and imagination. Friendly, knowledgeable service. Charred octopus, foie gras, pasta with duck and mushrooms, a ribeye cooked perfectly medium rare was nearly fork tender. Homemade bourbon gelato for dessert. Everything was excellent. Pricey, offset by BYO."
    Dined on 3/6/2014